November 16, 2010

Visiting the Brookes' Memorial in Sheepstor (3)

I hope I am not boring you with a 3 part series. This is the last one on Sheepstor I promise.

The Dartmoor area where Sheepstor is situated is a huge geographical area of rolling hills which are sparsely wooded. In winter and spring thick fog veil the moors giving them a very eerie but romantic mood. I love the moors in April. And it is nice to see the fog lifting as you sit for hours ...waiting...waiting...waiting..just waiting. The solitude you can experience is just phenomenal.

This is a tourist photo of the Burrator Reservoir and Dam. Beautiful. You can actually drive across the dam.







Outside St. Leonard's church is this beautiful granite wall. The gate leads to the vicarage.

This house below was owned by a retired senior veterinary lecturer of Bristol University. When I first met him here he told me that by coincidence he knew my cousin Dr. Hsiung Kwo Yuen (retired state vet of Sarawak). It is really strange how small the world can be. How a place can be connected to another place because of how one travels to gain an education. I remember him having more than ten beautiful dogs.



On this trip the cottage is being renovated.




This is my photo of the reservoir taken from the bus as we crossed the dam. It was getting dark.


This is a beech tree. There are not many of them left as its timber is greatly valued. Beech trees can grow up to 200 feet tall and live like forever.


A view of the moor from the grounds of St. Leonard's. You can watch the clouds go by for hours actually. And feel really good about the world. That is what happens when you live in a village like this. The serenity makes your world such a good place!!





These hedgerows and high walls tell you how old this road is. Roads sink with age and the hedges grow taller.....

It is just so beautiful here....and I hope when people see roads like this...they would want to head home to their family for peace and harmony. Yes and I do hear John Denver's song...Country Roads take me home....

P/S The reservoir is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders due to its wealth of footpaths and bridleways. Many of the trails lead onto Dartmoor so it makes an ideal starting point for longer trips.

A walks leaflet for Burrator is available from the ranger on site or by contacting 01566 771930 or info@swlakestrust.org.uk

You can always email me and ask me how to get there and which B and B to stay.

4 comments:

fufu said...

wow nice place!!! must be very nice laying on the grass...

Sarawakiana@2 said...

It is indeed a very nice place.....grass is dry ...and you can even roll down happily but there might be those nasty nettles.....

Ah Ngao said...

the moors can be very lonely in the evening,eh?

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Yeah Ah Ngao...the moors tend to be eerie ....remember the Hounds of Baskervilles?